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Momento/Memento

Friday night I celebrated the opening of a group exhibition, Momento/Memento at REVERSE space, a gallery in Brooklyn, New York. I showed digital paintings, and friends Jacob Lynn, Christy Wittmer, and Corrina Mehiel showed fiber works, sculptures, and photographs, respectively.

We had a nice little write up in Artfcity.com, calling the exhibition a must see event and describing my photos as possessing an “Alzheimer’s-like strangeness”

This was my first show in New York and I am happy to have shown alongside good friends from Cincinnati. Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition description:

OPENING FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH, 7 – 9PM, REVERSE will present, for the first time in New York, four Cincinnati-based artists working on the objectification of time and memory.
Consciousness is endlessly grasping for objects as moment boxes. Yet there is an important etymological distinction between our contemporary understanding of memento (commonly misspelled momento)—a French souvenir, which can take the form of anything from a cheap snow globe to an interesting rock—and memento mori, which symbolized the medieval practice of reflecting on mortality and the transient nature of the universe. It is in the gap between these two definitions of the same term that the exhibition MOMENTO / MEMENTO operates, as Joe Hedges, Jacob Lynn, Corrina Mehiel, and Christy Wittmer work to acknowledge an objectified attachment to moments in time.Photo Jun 19, 7 55 51 PM (1)

Read the entire description here: http://reversespace.org/momento-memento/

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New Paintings

The show at DAAP was a success.  I will try and find some photos of the reception.  Here are some images of the paintings, as well as installation shots from the exhibition in 840 Gallery at the Department of Art Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati last week.  the paintings look so much smaller in these photos!  maybe the camera adds ten pounds to people but it subtracts a few feet from paintings.

It was so nice to see the paintings in a clean space with good light after living with them in my cramped and often messy studio for months.  I was especially pleased with the way the colors read in this space.  i received a great deal of valuable criticism and praise.  i feel pretty satisfied with this small series; i am considering ways i can expand and push things from here.  i am also working on an internet project that relates to these paintings; i hope to launch that in the next couple weeks.

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Hoarders: An Exhibition of Paintings

Joe Hedges and Nick Scrimenti, two artists in the University of Cincinnati’s MFA program, have created two separate bodies of paintings that overlap both thematically and stylistically. Many of Scrimenti‘s paintings are inspired by his stint working a summer job cleaning up the messes of deceased hoarders; Hedges has long had an interest in nostalgia and collecting, as manifested in his compositions of configurations of vintage boxes. Both artists are concerned with the ways humans relate, collect, and reconfigure manufactured objects.  Both artists paint with an intense interest in surface quality, layering, and the unexpected mark.

Please consider coming to DAAP next week to see some paintings by myself as well as some paintings by a fellow UC MFA candidate Nick Scrimenti.  Nick and I share an interest in the physical properties of paint and the surface of a painting.  His current paintings are partially inspired by a former summer job cleaning up the messes of deceased hoarders.  My current paintings deal with information storage.

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The Romance Show at Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum

I am participating in an exhibition about romance at the incredibly hip and comically named Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum on Sycamore Street in Cincinnati.  I was honored and excited to be asked to create a piece especially for the event.  This is a unique call and response gallery show where “works by fourteen couples are re-evaluated/considered by thirteen singles”.  My painting is cute and whimsical a celebration of my relationship with my wonderful girlfriend Emma.  The piece will be displayed with an accompanying (and most likely mocking) work by another Cincinnati artist–an artist who is not in a relationship.  Please consider stopping by on opening night to see these two works as well as works from other couples and singles on Final Friday July 29 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Friday July 29
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum
1218 Sycamore St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
http://www.mg-gm.com

Artists include:
Wendy Desrochers and Randall F. Slocum
Dustin and Heather Smith
Katy and Zachary Tompkins
Lee Serbin and Alex Walp
John DiPuccio and Tilley Stone
Cassie and Steve Kemple
Lisa and Leif Fairfield
Sarah Jones and Andy Upton
Matt Morris and Eric Ruschman
Joe Hedges and Emma Wehmeyer
Rachel Fleischer and Wyatt Niehuas
Ken Bruce and Sheida Soleimani
Jacques Laramie and Tiffany Dawn Nicholson
Iwona Franczek and Alan Pocaro
Sara Corley
Abby Cornelius
Anne Flavin
John Knight
Casey Meter
Patricia Murphy
Nicolas Perkins
Reid Radcliffe
Eric Rieper
Emily Sites
Michael Smith
Avril Thurman
Nevels Von Trapp
Brian Wikoffwith

special virtual performance by:
Andre Alves

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Passages Gallery

View from My Bedroom

The View from my Bedroom in Over the Rhine, Oil on Canvas, 3' x 3'

I am pleased to have a piece selected to be included in an upcoming Juried exhibition entitled Emergence. This show includes art from regional BFA students and recent graduates like me. The show is at Passages Gallery and opens on February 5 from 6-9 p.m. Please consider coming out to see my piece and the work of other students from the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and Northern Kentucky University.

Passages Gallery at Goodman is a new not-for-profit art gallery housed in a historic, 1920s, former elementary school in North College Hill, Cincinnati. The gallery’s mission is to bring art to the students and community of North College Hill.

Emergence Opening Reception
Saturday February 5th, 6pm-9pm
Passages Gallery
1731 Goodman Avenue
North College Hill, OH, 45239-4844

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Passages-Gallery/124280864290817

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Northern Kentucky University BFA Thesis Show of Paintings

On December 2nd at Northern Kentucky University there will be an art opening for an exhibition featuring myself, several graphic designers and a ceramicist. Fifty feet of wall space in the main gallery at Northern Kentucky University will be set aside for my paintings. It is open to the public, all ages, family friendly, free, and with free food! The gallery is a beautiful, well-maintained space–one of the nicest and largest in the area. I am extremely excited to have so much of my hard work on display in such a great setting.

This is my senior thesis show, as I will finally be receiving a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in painting in December, after some long breaks over the years to tour and record music albums. The show will include some paintings from the Alchemy album art that I had on the walls for the music video premiere last month, as well as newer paintings that have never been exhibited.

I have truly put my heart and soul and whole body into painting over the last few years. I hope that you will consider coming out to see the culmination of hundreds of long days and late nights splattering, pouring, tightly rendering, wiping away, thinking, starting over, wanting to give up, and finally feeling satisfied at the completion of each new work.

The exhibition opens December 2nd with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. The exhibition continues until December 10, 2010. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information contact me joehedges at joehedges.com or the gallery director David J. Knight at Knight at nku.edu or 859-572-5148. Parking is available in the Welcome Center Garage.

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